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Hawaii considers gambling as potential nuisance

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:44 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2014

A Hawaii House committee is wading into a longtime gambling debate -- but not to consider legalizing it.

The House Judiciary Committee today planned to debate a bill to add gambling to a list of offenses that can result in civil nuisance lawsuits.

The bill held over from the 2013 session is first on the agenda for the committee in its first hearing since the session began Wednesday.

The measure would allow people to sue over gambling if it creates a nuisance. The nuisance law covers other activities like fireworks or drug manufacturing.

Hawaii is one of only two states in the U.S. with no forms of legalized gambling, through lotteries or casinos.

The committee also plans to debate whether children should be allowed to use tanning beds.

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caroley wrote:
on January 16,2014 | 01:20PM
konag43 wrote:
great idea. lots of crimes are created because of gambling. freiendly game of cards is great recreation but gambling is something else. when big money changes hands trouble starts.
on January 16,2014 | 01:21PM
Since you're on the side of no gambling, would a form of lottery be acceptable to stave off the kind of the crimes that are in your comment created? The real issue is: We, Hawaii residents spend so much time and money traveling to another state only to generously give of our incomes which could be saved by keeping our money here not to mention the tax revenue brought in by doing so. I agree with caroley-IDIOTS!
on January 16,2014 | 01:31PM
hanalei395 wrote:
If one wants to gamble, it's more fun going to Las Vegas.
on January 16,2014 | 03:18PM
kauai wrote:
Oh yeah, real important issues. Gambling as a nuisance and kids in tanning beds. Great minds our politicians have -- not! How about tax cuts and rebates since we have a surplus of funds from taxes? Nevah', not from our politicians; crooks....
on January 16,2014 | 01:22PM
Donna2415 wrote:
Where do most Hawaiians go for vacation? Nevada.
on January 16,2014 | 01:22PM
hanalei395 wrote:
That would be Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians.
on January 16,2014 | 02:58PM
paniolo wrote:
That's why on tonight's news, Las Vegas is #1 for most desired vacation destination, and Hawaii is #8. Hawaii Tourism Authority, you got a lot of work to do. Even New York at #2 beat out Hawaii. Sad... Glad I don't work in tourist industry.
on January 16,2014 | 06:20PM
juscasting wrote:
C'mon at least a lottery?
on January 16,2014 | 01:35PM
hanalei395 wrote:
No way. A lottery is the beginning of more gambling.
on January 16,2014 | 03:39PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Why look for revenue when you can just crank taxes up?
on January 16,2014 | 01:50PM
bumba wrote:
What a bunch of hypocrites.
on January 16,2014 | 02:21PM
Dolphin743 wrote:
Clearly, things are going so well in this state that we can worry about poker games on the lanai. Wait...does it make it worse if they're smoking cigars?
on January 16,2014 | 02:23PM
Oahuan wrote:
No needs worry, no need gambling, same sex marriage going bring in choke $$$ to da state. Dats wot da guv said going happen.
on January 16,2014 | 02:47PM
Mythman wrote:
how about same sex nude makes outs on the beach as a nuisance offense?
on January 16,2014 | 03:08PM
serious wrote:
OKAY, time to check the people on the committee on their campaign contributions from the Vegas casinos: Hawaii.gov/campaign. Not allowing lottery gambling is next to endorsing the Jones Act--it's all campaign money folks!!!
on January 16,2014 | 02:57PM
Mythman wrote:
Children, it's past your bed time.
on January 16,2014 | 03:06PM
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